Mary Kennedy Eastham
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  • San Jose, California
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Mary Kennedy Eastham commented on the blog post 'The Art of Submission: How to Make Social Media Work for You'
"I was going through some tough stuff so  I got off FB last year around Christmas. I don't miss it at all. I'm actually living my life, no posts to show-off the great times I'm having and no more in-my-face 'like me like-me…"
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"I was selected to publish my first book The Shadow of A Dog I Can't Forget - Poems & Prose by two creative business owners who wanted to use my book as a template to attract high-quality self-dubbed authors. They did everything for me and…"
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"I would love to get your information.  Sorry.  I've been gardening all day for the past several days.  Haven't been online much.  My email address is "
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"I listened to an hour long webinar yesterday given by two writers out here in Northern California under the topic: Give Your Message to the World. They talk about building a platform, Internet Marketing, putting an Opt In Box with a fabulous free…"
Mar 17, 2012
Mary Kennedy Eastham commented on the blog post 'Talking for Writers'
"Great post. I'm going to a Women's Networking meeting in a week. I'll be sure to review these wonderful suggestions to knock 'em dead! I just finished a 3 week online course on writing a logline, premise etc. so here's mine…"
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"Louise - my prayers are with you. Stay strong. xo"
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"Thanks, Mary! My story "A Good Regret" comes out this winter in Cimarron Review. The other one, "Aubrey's Boyfriend," was published a couple of years ago in Confrontation. You can probably find it out there online."
Nov 18, 2011
Mary Kennedy Eastham commented on the blog post '5 Ways to "Wri Mo" and Kick Butt While You’re At It'
"I need to learn to write ANYTHING down and not be so picky about the depth and quality of the words. An screenwriting instructor I had at UCLA had a great suggestion, when you get stuck in something just write AND THEN...   I do NaNo every year…"
Nov 18, 2011
Mary Kennedy Eastham replied to the discussion 'What Are Your Thoughts on Making Time to Network?' in the group Novelists (Struggling or Not)
"I think about this almost daily having one Indie book out ( and hoping to have two more out in the next 6 months. I subscribe to a number of online writing groups and I sometime feel we are all preaching to the choir. They are…"
Nov 6, 2011
Mary Kennedy Eastham commented on the blog post 'Celebrating Daily Writing In November - Let's Meet Up!'
"Amber - I'm working on my book on NaNo, too, although I'm writing it here in my system and have to transfer it over to NaNo's. If you hear of any SheWritesNaNo peeps in the Northern California area please lemme know. Best of luck on…"
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Sep 11, 2011
Mary Kennedy Eastham commented on the blog post 'HandPrints On My Heart, Sharing Stories, Changing Lives!'
"Sometimes we find the things we need at the exact right time. Boy, do I need this connection!  Am going through a divorce and I lost the beautiful dog in this picture, Flynn, my heartlove,  several months ago. He was only five...Am hoping…"
Aug 12, 2011
Mary Kennedy Eastham replied to the discussion 'What's Your Writing Worth?' in the group Publishing Industry News
"Why do writers so often give their work away for little or nothing? Does the plumber fix your sink for nothing? Do painters paint your house for nothing? Does a lawyer give you FREE advice??? This is one of those topics that really gets me going. I…"
Aug 8, 2011

Profile Information

Who I am:
Books I've written, anthologies I've contributed to, and any scripts or plays I've authored:
The Shadow of a Dog I Can't Forget - Poetry & Prose is available on Amazon;
I am half-way through my first novel, 'Night Surfing'
Media outlets that I currently write for:
I blog every day, mostly on writer's blogs
My writing is:
Fiction, Poetry
Outlets where I review books, TV, or film:
I have occasionally, yes, mostly for blogs
Services I offer to other writers:
I try to inspire writers daily. I recently wrote a lecture for a London creative writing college class on 'How To Submit to Writing Contests'. I'm a Judge for several contests and built my own writing career by winning lots of contests. I also conduct College Essay Writing seminars called 'Tell Me Your Story'.
I'm part of these writers' groups or salons:
I subscribe to lots of writer's listservs, most of them on Yahoo Groups
My professional associations:
The National League of American Pen Women, San Francisco Branch

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Posted on July 12, 2009 at 2:03pm 0 Comments

I'm a girl on a mission...I write and read great poetry and fiction and I'd like to see it gain the status and respect it deserves. I want to bring the Po-Biz full-swing into the world as we now know it - the world of Twitter and 24/7 texting and of MySpace and Facebook. I even thought about calling it Cellphone Storytelling, giving it a Reality Show starring someone named Chace or Adriana where everyone in the country could become greedy with words. Fellow writers chime in here. What great… Continue

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At 5:58pm on March 20, 2012, Emily Kennedy said…

I would love to get your information.  Sorry.  I've been gardening all day for the past several days.  Haven't been online much.  My email address is

At 10:30am on November 18, 2011, Kathy Leonard Czepiel said…

Thanks, Mary!

My story "A Good Regret" comes out this winter in Cimarron Review. The other one, "Aubrey's Boyfriend," was published a couple of years ago in Confrontation. You can probably find it out there online.

At 1:00pm on June 3, 2011, Rukhpar Mor said…

Hi Mary,

Welcome to She Writes in California!! I'm so glad you joined us!! Make sure to introduce yourself in the 'Howdie' discussion if you haven't already! I would love to attend one of your writing seminars. I really need some money for graduate school this fall so I will be applying to lots of scholarships!

At 5:08pm on November 2, 2010, Christa Mastrangelo said…
Hi Mary, I have Joan's email for you if you're interested still?
At 6:52am on September 19, 2010, Maureen E. Doallas said…
Dear Mary,

Thank you for reading "Sower's Promise". Please feel free to send me your impressions at I find reader feedback so very helpful.

I will look forward to learning more about your recommendation of Hoa Nguyen and her and her husband's journal. Her name is not familiar to me, and I'm sure I'll enjoy her poetry.

~ Maureen
At 7:00am on September 1, 2010, Tina L. Hook said…
Thanks for your help.
At 11:51pm on August 11, 2010, Julie Jeffs said…
Hi Mary,
Welcome to the Bloggers Let’s Make it Work group! So glad you are here. Please visit the discussion New Members Visit Here First, tell us about your blog so we can list it on the members blog index.

I hope you will find, as I did, a great sense of community, loads of information and resources, and an incredible amount of talent.

Jump in on ongoing discussions or start one if there is an issue you would like to discuss.

Let me know if you have any questions.

Look forward to reading your posts.

Warm regards,
Julie Jeffs
Beginning a Life at 50
At 1:47pm on July 22, 2010, Melanie Smith Bates said…
Hi Mary,

Nice to "meet" you. 4 Golden Retrievers! Talk about having your hands full. Wow! An awesome breed - one of my favorites. Hubby and I would love to have a dog but I don't think we could keep up. Besides we have one beautiful, temperamental cat -- along with the 3 kids. :-))
At 7:54pm on June 15, 2010, Barbara Field said…
Hi, Mary. My son is in Palo Alto and I love your area! Your comment on the Self Pubbed or 3 Book Deal blog mentioned that you received $20,000 in writing grants. Could I find out more from you about that? I'll friend you now! Many thanks.


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